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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Southern Girl $350 Giveaway

It's fall, ya'll!  I know you've heard a lot of talk about those pumpkin spice lattes, leggings and pumpkins, but it's still pretty warm here in Georgia.  To try to get into the season, I've busted out my Halloween decor and am trying to brainstorm Halloween costumes between logging some blog posts and Mom Squad sessions for Atlanta Plugged in (have you seen it yet? Soooo exciting!)  

To help YOU get into the fall spirit, check this out: If you didn't get a chance to enter my huge, lovely Target giftcard giveaway a few weeks ago, I have something better for you.  Better??! you say, What can be better than Target money?!  How about some cold hard cash? ... or at least... paypal money?  The girls at Southern Girl Blog Community and I have pulled our fall purse strings together to offer one more incentive to get into the fall spirit... $350 in cash!  You can enter via the rafflecopter below before October 13th.  The giveaway is open internationally (where valid) and you must be over 18 to enter.  Make sure to check out the super awesome ladies I'm working the giveaway with - they are all fabulous southerners!

Your awesome Hosts & Co-hosts for this giveaway:

The Time We Met a Real Stormtrooper! #StarWarsRebels

I remember when I found out we were having a boy. I didn't know what to do. Being a girl, I knew what girls liked, how to interact with them, and playing (and being TOTALLY into) with turtles, legos and trucks seemed so foreign to me.  But, I'm here to report that I'm so into being a boy mom.  It lets me have awesome mornings like the one we had this weekend: we met a Stormtrooper!  Red and I were guests of the Disney Channel and attended a screening for Star Wars: Rebels and the premiere special airing on Disney XD.  The 60 minute special lays out the plot for the new series, which (much like Clone Wars) takes place a Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away....
(Official Info from the Disney Channel) The unlikely band of heroes emerges to renew the fight for freedom.  The story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost -- cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the "muscle" Zeb, explosives expert Sabine, & cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper -- is among a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, they will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion. 

Needless to say, when Red saw these bad guys in white, he thought they were robots.  I quickly taught him to say, "Stormtrooper" and he was amazed.  These "bad guys" guys were so nice, posing for photos, giving hugs and getting some high fives.  I was impressed with the level of activities and character greetings before the screening.  With custom balloon light sabers, face painting, coloring, photos, and character greetings (there were 4 characters in all) we stayed busy until it was time for the movie.  
Not to be outdone, I made sure to one-up Hubs' face tattoo session and got Red a stormtrooper tattoo and asked the lady NOT to put a red X over it like she did the other. We like a little dark side now and then! Our favorite storm trooper made sure to pop into the photo and Red wanted so badly to turn and see him.  
Check out that sweet tattoo!  Thumbs up approval from the resident stormtrooper! 
At first invitation, I was surprised to see that this series has a G rating. I was sure that the lasers, explosions, and fighting would be too much for little kids, but after seeing the special, I feel comfortable watching the Star Wars: Rebel episodes with Red.  The good guys are careful, resourceful, and do the right thing.  I know we'll be tuning in to watch the premiere special when it airs on the Disney Channel, and I'm sure once Hubs sees it, the Disney XD series will be a regular on our DVR.  Strangely enough, watching the series, rooting for good guys, and fighting with balloon light sabers comes naturally to me now.  I'm so happy and fulfilled being the mom of a boy!
The 60 minute STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION special airs on the on Disney Channel on October 3rd (9PM ET) and the “Star Wars Rebels” series begins October 13th (9PM ET) on Disney XD.  The STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION DVD will be available on October 14.  And grab a custom balloon light saber while you watch the movie.  It makes me more special! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Friends Are Real...

Sometimes, it's really hard for me to describe blogging to friends that don't blog.  It looks like part scrapbooking, part advice, part sponsorships and a lot of weirdness.  It's like I have friends inside the computer (Pen pals? Long distance friends... that I've never met?).  But, it's more than that. It's my tribe.  I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Georgia Social Media Society over two years ago, and since I see these people so much in my hometown, I've made some real friendships and serious memories.  

You know that I was gone to the Type-A Parent Conference over the weekend and re-entry to the "real world" has been hard. Catching up on all the work I missed, getting all my takeaways from the conference implemented and then latching on to a few new projects (costume design, tv appearances) has been really overwhelming.  I'm glad that I have a sweet husband to write a blog post for me (seriously... do yourself a favor and read it!!) as well as clean the house before I even got home! 
Part of the Georgia Social Media Group at the Type A Parent Conference 2014
 Now, this was my second Type-A Conference.  I was super prepared and knew exactly what I was getting into.  I snagged an upgraded VIP pass (although only two of the VIP sessions were really worth it, and NO ONE was checking badges going into these sessions) but some of the material seemed more motivational and less techy or how to.  Becca Ludlum's session on "Grow your blog in 10 minutes a day" and Simon's "Work from Home" were my favorite sessions.  The best part of the conference wasn't the brand connections or the keynotes but the people.  The alumni that keep returning year after year and the newbies that stole my heart were my favorite.  Awesome roomies, notorious dinner partners, mini bundt cake makers and all the mischievous awesomeness that goes along with it.  
Awesome friendships cultivated at Type-A Parent Conference
 I made so many new friends that it would make your head spin.  I was even pulled into a little group after the BeechNut sponsored brand lunch to create a little video.  I only knew one of these sweet gals at first, but the camaraderie shows through on film.   We made this 8 second mini Otterbox commercial - not because we were paid (not even!), but because we are real fans of the product... and parents MUST have phone protection if they have kids around. And if you have a new iPhone 6, grab an Otterbox, quick! 
I even met a girl named Yolanda that went to Winthrop while I was there. Going to such a small school means that you rarely get to meet these kinds of people, and I only wish I had met her sooner. She's a whole bunch of sassy awesome, and I know she and my roomie Carly hit it off! 
One of the highlights of the entire weekend was on Friday night.  Kelby and Type-A partnered with Disney Parks to host a #disneyside reception, where costumes and Disneyside inspired outfits were encouraged (as if I needed an excuse to Disney myself out!).  I Disneybound-ed as Mr. Smee, and it was so much fun. I wore a Tick Tock Croc in and carried Red's Hook in my pocket.  There were Aurasma backdrops that featured on-screen moving characters to take pictures with (see Olaf in the photo below?! cool!) and photo spots with Captain Jack Sparrow. I met up with Amy, Danielle, Lady and Autumn and so many other people.  I was incredibly happy to see Gary of Disney Parks and was so touched that a busy guy like himself that everyone wants to talk to took a few minutes just to chat.  It was awesome. 
#disneyside reception party Type-A Parent Conference
 Long story... um... long? I'll be back to Type-A next year.  Tickets go on sale in less than a week for 2015, and I can't wait.  I don't think I'll ever outgrow that summer-camp-like feeling of hating to say goodbye at the end of the weekend, but the anticipation of getting back to work with more knowledge and friends is well worth it.  And yes, my blogging friends are so very real! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Four Month Favorites for Baby (Registry List)

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Four months, already?! That's how I felt when Red was that age (How long ago it seems!). He had already shot up into a 9 month outfit and was nowhere near done growing... The four month wakeful period was amazing; he was up for over 8 hours at a time.  And I was tired... really tired.  

My parents graciously purchased Red a jumperoo, and he was growing into it fast, but my go-to baby-pleaser was Sophie the giraffe.  She had already been by our side for several weeks and was well loved.  Hopefully you can find some suggestions below that will enrich your child's fourth month or grab some ideas for your baby registry!

1. Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo - As much as the swing is a time and sanity saver for earlier months, as soon as your baby can hold his head up, a jumperoo is a fun, supervised time.  Red was eager to sit and play with his toys, and as he grew, he LOVED to jump and jump and jump.  Until he grew out of it, the jumperoo was a staple of our living room.

2. Bumbo Floor Seat - Please note that this is a FLOOR seat. It's not meant to be placed in another chair, or on a table, or any other raised surface. Ignore your own common sense and follow the directions.  If you do, you will have a perfect, happy little seat to help you occupy and entertain your baby. Get one inexpensively at a resale shop or get one on loan from a friend! 

3. Sophie the Giraffe Teether - Sophie is the number one toy in households for a reason! The all natural rubber provides sensual stimulation for baby.  Sight (spots), sound (squeak), touch (rubber), taste (great natural texture) and smell (again, natural rubber) sensations are all stimulated.  It may be a bit more pricy than standard teething toys, Sophie is worth EVERY penny!

4. Infantino Vibrating Teether - If your baby isn't into freezing cold teething rings, this is a fabulous alternative.  The vibrations are activated when baby bites down, sending soothing vibrations into the jaw, helping to relieve teething pain. 

5. aden + anais Muslin Sleeping Bag - In the cool winter months before baby can have blankets in the crib, a sleeping sack is indispensable.   It easily zips open and shut to allow for nighttime diaper changes and keeps baby's feet warm while he snoozes.  We owned two; one was in the crib and the other was in the wash cycle.  They are so loved by moms, you'll have a hard time finding them on consignment, but keep your eyes peeled!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

How To Survive While Your Wife Is At A Blogger Conference (or what Hubs did with Red for the weekend)

Today's post is brought to you by my loving husband... whom I left at home with Red over the long weekend as I sunk my teeth into my favorite blogging conference in downtown Atlanta.  Hubs made sure to keep himself and Red entertained with food, fun, and maybe a little mischief mixed in. Thank you for sharing your creativity, Chase. I love you lots!

It's easy to get comfortable when you have a lovely wife who takes care of all her boys as well as my wife does, so when she disappears for 3 days it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Here's an easy guide to anyone who's facing the same dilemma I did this past weekend with the Type A Conference taking my permanent roommate away...

#1 - Torture Your Spouse
We're going to come back to this one a lot, so it's the first thing to keep in mind. In everything you do, make her realize that her life should revolve around you and your offspring. How dare she have a life of her own and abandon you for more than a couple of hours?!  Send her messages telling her how miserable you both are since she's gone; really pull on the heart strings so you can maximize the guilt. Bonus points for creativity! I tried to FaceTime Lindsey, but when that didn't work I sent her the video below - I'm sure you can tell it did the trick.
#2 - Break ALL the Rules
Forget the normal time your son gets picked up from school, eats his meals, or goes to bed. Matching clothes? Not my forte. Remember that you're in charge now, time to flex your muscles (that's what they're there for). So what if Red isn't normally allowed to sleep all night in our bed? Who's there to stop me?Thursday through Saturday night the men of the house slept in the "big bed" and it was glorious. Make sure the whole time your spouse knows you're defying her to reinforce #1.

#3 - Don't Cook
I can cook, but Red is pickier than me and I don't want to fight with a 3 year old. Plus I love going out to breakfast. If she's going to wine and dine at a conference and such we should at least be able treat ourselves, right? It's also one of the rare chances to avoid having this endless conversation when deciding where to go to eat:
PS - Make sure it's stuff she would like or be jealous over too and you can combine this with #1!
Waffle House Saturday Morning

Red Eye Mule Sunday Morning
#4 - Play "Find that Smell"
When we came back from our first breakfast out I noticed a not so pleasant but hard to pin point smell in the house. It was Saturday so I had no work and since UGA lost the week prior the TV was off, so I quickly became obsessed with finding and eliminating this smell. I imagine any household that loses their wife will go through this after 24-48 hrs. Best remedy is to open a window and a door on opposite sides of the house go one by one and clean everything that could smell. Sure, the house will be clean and your spouse will appreciate that, but remember the real goal here is the hunt. Bonus points if you can keep the smell gone until she gets back.

#5 - Get Out Of The House
If she's going to have fun then you should too! Make sure to send tons of pictures to her so she knows she's not the only one having a good time. First we went to Target to get a "prize" - two new Ninja Turtle toys in prep for our night time activity!
They're Half Shell Heroes & apparently super popular because so few of them were left
That night the Center for Puppetry Arts was showing the ORIGINAL Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie from '91 so we dressed up and went. I didn't realize how much of the movie I'd forgotten but we both had a blast (they served pizza and beer beforehand so we both won)
1000x better than the new Michael Bay blasphemy
We have matching shirts: his is modern, mine is retro
On Sunday we went to the Georgia Aquarium for some aquatic fun and it did not disappoint. Tons of fun just the two of us and we got there early enough to bypass some of the crowd (doesn't hurt having season passes either - WAY worth the $$$).
We're gonna have to take diving lessons and do this one day I imagine
Remember throughout all of your adventures around town make sure to keep sending photos and videos to your spouse so she sees how much fun she's missing. Even if your kid is having a bad day stage some photos so give that illusion - gotta keep reinforcing #1.
If you've kept up with these with #1 in mind then here's what you do to top it all off:

#6 - Get a Face Tattoo (or other extreme/alarming action)
You don't have to get it on yourself - in fact for the best impact make sure whatever you do is done to your offspring, it's bound to illicit a bigger/better reaction. We went for the less permanent route at the Aquarium, but I'm not going to tell you how to raise your kid - just use your best judgement.
Whale Shark Face Painting
Better than Mike Tyson any day
#7 - Plant A Kiss On Her The Moment When She Gets Home
Do it dressed like this and she'll swoon
After all the torture you've put her through you need to act quickly when you see her. She legally can't stay angry with you after you've shared a kiss so just mob her when she gets in the door and before she opens her mouth (legal citation needed). If you do this successfully you'll avoid the tongue lashing and she can start filling you in on her weekend (ie. you can zone out to football for a few hours while nodding your head).

Note: I DIDN'T kiss her as soon as she walked in, but somehow I overestimated the negative impact of my actions - she thought they were cute and harmless so I received no ire. Need to remember to step up my game next time...

#8 - Spend the Next Year Prepping for Next Conference
Benjamin Franklin Quote
If you've followed in my footsteps then you've probably realized 2 things: 1) How much your wife loves you, and 2) you need to top yourself next year. Luckily you have a year to plan since Type A Conference isn't until October 9th-11th 2015

My challenge to you is to one-up what I did here. 

Should you accept you'll need to hijack your spouse's blog (as I've done here) and post what you did in similar fashion. Your reward will be the cheers and admiration from your fellow spouses-of-bloggers.  After all - there's no reason they should have all the fun, right??

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Lovely Target Giftcard Giveaway

Hey ya'll!  Who loves Target? *Everyone raises their hands except Grumpy Cat*  Good! Then I have just the thing for you! These lovely ladies and I have pulled together to give one of our lucky readers a whopping $370 shopping trip to my favorite store, Target.  (Or, as Red says, "Go see CIRCLES store, Mama!")

These ladies are full of fun, sass and loads of cuteness, so give them a little visit and find some inspiration for your life!  In the meantime, think of all the awesomeness you can cram into a buggy (or two) at Target with all this cash! Winter booties, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, cute clothes, stuff for the kids, and maybe a little fancy coffee during your spree! Target has everything.  Ev-er-y-thing.  The giveaway runs for a full week, and there are so many ways to enter... good luck!

Your lovely hosts for this giveaway:
Michelle & Channing at Moms Without Answers // Meg at Meg O. on the Go // Lindsey at Redhead Baby Mama // Heather at My Life Well Loved Denise at Gratefully Inspired // Lynzy at Sparkling Footsteps // Jenny at Jenny Collier Blog // Karissa at Karissa & Company Britt at Southern Mama + Child // Julie at The Girl in the Red Shoes // Megan at In This Wonderful Life // Jennifer at Life in the Green House // Kristin at Bon Bon Rose Girls

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